Scholar Athlete of the Week: Bernyla Sparks


The Central-Talbotton girls basketball team has high expectations this season after finishing last year in the Elite Eight, and returning the entire roster.

“I want it all,” said Berynla Sparks. “We made it to the Elite Eight, I feel like we can go further. Last year we were kind of sensitive because we didn’t know where our heads were, but this year we head on. Everybody have the same goal.”

The Hawks currently rank first in Georgia A-Public with a record of (12-1-), and they are led by Bernyla “Nyla” Sparks who averages 24 points per game. The 5’8″, 184 pound junior plays all positions on the floor, but she loves playing tough at the basket.

“The paint. I go hard. That’s my ground. I stand there. I wouldn’t think it would be me. I’ve been working hard all summer. Putting in work, but it’s showing now. I just have to stay humble.”

Sparks lights up the court and excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, all while participating in JROTC as the Command Sergeant Major, Secretary of the Junior Class, and a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America.

“It’s not easy. I do use a planner to balance all of this. It’s kind of hard, but I don’t let it show. I just handle it. School can be challenging from tests, basketball practice, but hey you’ve got to sacrifice.”

After high school, Sparks wants to play college basketball while studying to become an athletic trainer.

“If you’re passionate about it, do it. Conquer it, I mean you can do it. You’ve got to love the game.”

Congratulations to Nyla Sparts, our WLTZ Scholar Athlete of the Week. If you know a scholar athlete excelling on and off the field, email us at

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